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Finishing TRY, Finding a Family

As we each finished our final exams one by one, the tension in the dorms started to dissipate. We all want to go home, but no one wants to leave. As one person said, "If our families could come live in Israel, it would be...

Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut With Pride and Gratitude

The hardest part of TRY is explaining to people not on the program the atmosphere that surrounds us here each and every day. There's something about the feeling one gets while walking the streets of Jerusalem. It has to do with knowing how much history...

Feeling like an Israeli on Yom Hazikaron

Mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces is a very strange concept to a modern American teen. The idea that everyone -- regardless of interests, athleticism, and gender -- enters into the army after graduating high school is something hard to grasp. The notion of...

Tel Aviv’s Modern Mix

This past Tuesday for our ICC tiyul (field trip) we went to Tel Aviv. We went first to Nachlat Binyamin, the artists market of Tel Aviv. Later, we had a scavenger hunt in the surrounding area, which included Shenkin Street Rothschild Boulevard. Nachlat Binyamin was...

L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim

This year on TRY I celebrated Passover in Israel for the first time. I was really excited and was looking forward to not only the kosher for Passover food, but also being able to spend time with family and friends. I was in Jerusalem for the...

Gadna Through the Eyes of an American Teenager

Last week TRY had four long and exhausting days at the Sde Boker Gadna base in the Negev. We were there to experience Gadna, an Israeli military program that helps young teens prepare for the IDF. When we arrived at the base, we quickly grabbed our...

A Reluctant “Soldier” Awarded For Excellence

Even before TRY even started, the thought of Gadna terrified me. I have never been a very athletic person, so having to run everywhere within a certain time freaked me out a bit. It's not surprising that on our first day on the Gadna base,...

From Darkness Into Light

As we stepped off the bus on Thursday, April 7th, it was around 4:30 in the morning, and pitch black. The ICC teachers told us not to turn on our flashlights so as to not ruin our "night vision." We gathered our senses outside of...

Poland Journey 2

My experience in Poland has not been at all what I expected. I expected to feel a sudden surge of sadness upon arrival, and to immediately be able to empathize with the six million Jews who perished. But this was not the case. It took...

Poland Journey 1

The most surprising thing about TRY's journey to Poland, and what made the trip so meaningful for me, was discovering that Jewish life in Poland is about life, and not only death. This was demonstrated best on Friday as our group welcomed Shabbat with the Kraków...